Friday, June 20, 2014

Win a hard cover version of my memoir!

Hi everyone,

Next Friday, June 27, happens to be my birthday and if you'll help me celebrate, I'll enter your name to win a beautifully-bound hardcover edition of my memoir...that's right my birthday present to you! It's my way of saying I'm enjoying getting to know you. 

To help me celebrate there are two simple things I'm asking:

1.)  Be sure you show up as a follower of my blog (

2.)  Leave me a comment on any of my blogs between now and next Thursday indicating you'd like to win this free copy of my memoir; something as simple as "Count me in your memoir drawing" will work. Although I welcome your comments daily, entries are limited to one per person.

The party begins now and ends Thursday at midnight (EST), June 26thand  I'll announce the lucky winner's name on Friday, June 27th. I'll ship the book as soon as I receive the winner's mailing address. 

A little bit about my book

Water's Edge: Growing Up in the Heart of a New England Village retails for $25.99. Edited and published by Modern Memoirs, Inc of Amherst, Massachusetts in the fall of 2013, it's 273 pages, and the ISBN is 978-0-9856595-3-0

Water's Edge:
Growing Up in the Heart of New England, 
dust jacket

What readers have written about Water's Edge

Water's Edge is a beautifully written, touching story of a young girl's journey through childhood, seeking to find her place in the world. The richness of detail and description brings every character and place to life; grandparents, parents, brother, cousins, aunts and uncles are woven into the tapestry of Vickie Newman's young life creating a memorable legacy. This is truly a triumphant story of coming-of-age.”  Carolyn LeComte, author

"I have laughed, wept, sat in amazement at the brilliant thought, the expressions of compassion, the 'lessons' you put across with such subtlety. I am waiting for your next book and want screen rights to this one. I am sure it is every bit worthy of Oprah and the NYT's bestseller list. I think it is absolutely wonderful.

I tried to honestly ask myself if I was reacting as your friend, or as a fellow small town Berkshire girl, or one who grew up in the fifties, or as someone who grew up in a town with Italian immigrants, married into an Italian family, or the problems with my mother. I decided it was all of that, but the ideas and lyrical, poetic way you have of expressing very complicated human problems would touch a great many people. Something about your way of saying things kept me chuckling, smiling, nodding in agreement. With line after line, I would have an association to something in my own childhood corners, laundry routines, vacation experiences, embarrassments in public, Larry Aiken shooting his BB gun at me in my sandbox and eventually being sent to reform school.....on and on."  Florence Peltier

"Your memoir is so eloquently written - a true gift! Thank you for sharing your talent to record and share your family story in such carefully researched and scholarly presentation, yet so engaging.”  Ute Goldkuhle


Elephant's Child said...

Mostly definitely count me in - please. As a gardener, a tea drinker, a once upon a time quilter and a biography addict, I would love to have it.

Musings, Tea, and Me said...

EC, You're in! Thanks. ;-)

Chatty Crone said...

Just wanted to thank you for your prayers and comments!

Bookie said...

I would love to have a chance to win your book!! Memoir is my favorite genre

Anonymous said...

Your memoir sounds wonderful. I definitely want to read it, so count me in.

A huge Kudos to you on writing it. I think I told you I am working on a memoir about my almost 2-decade battle with fertility issues. I'm also working on a family history narrative. I love non-fiction writing...and reading. Even if I don't win your memoir, I know I still want to read it.

Have a great weekend,

Tassell, Tea pot, and life down under said...

Hi Vickie, it would be lovely to be considered in the draw to win your memoir.
Wow. Must be exciting to have your own book. Congratulations.
enjoy your weekend.


Musings, Tea, and Me said...

Oh - so good to hear from you! You are most welcome (and deserving). How are you feeling this morning? Please stay in touch. ;-) -Vickie

Musings, Tea, and Me said...

Dear Patti, You are in! Thanks for your note and yes, I want to hear more about your writing. To sort it all out on paper can be challenging, but it's rewarding, isn't it? I will be in touch by email.

A lovely weekend to you too,

Musings, Tea, and Me said...

Hi Aida, You're in! Thanks so much for joining the fun....and for your congrats.

Musings, Tea, and Me said...

Hi Bookie, Happy to hear from you this morning - and you are in! We share a preference for the memoir genre. Are you writing yours?

Susan Zuckerman said...

Hi Vickie, I would love to read your memoir and know more about you and about someone who is a native to the Berkshires because most of my friends are transplanted here. I'm sorry we didn't spend more time together on our wonderful trip; we seem to have much in lovers, writing, sense of humor etc. Count me in to win your book and Happy Birthday.

Musings, Tea, and Me said...

Hi Susan, How lovely to welcome you on my happy we met through our trip to Italy. We do have many interests in common and I must say your FB humor keeps me in stitches.

Thanks for birthday wishes! I've thrown your name in the hat for my memoir drawing. Warmly, Vickie

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Hi Vickie!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and for your sweet comments.

I would be delighted to win a copy of your memoir. How thoughtful (and generous) of a giveaway! : - )

I am so happy to have found you now, and am your newest follower. ♥

Musings, Tea, and Me said...

Thanks, Michele! I'm thrilled you joined - consider yourself entered in the drawing! - Vickie

Linda O'Connell said...

Please include me in your drawing. I am retiring next year and will finish my memoir. Your reader's comments have intrigued me. I'd love to read your memoir.

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Musings, Tea, and Me said...

Linda, It's my pleasure to include you in my drawing. Thanks for visiting. If you ever want suggestions on writing books, I'd be happy to share my favorite titles. You are going to love retirement!

Enjoy your weekend.

Valerie said...

Hi Vickie,
Congrats on your book! How exciting. =) Count me in I would love to read it! Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

Musings, Tea, and Me said...

Thanks Valerie! You are officially "in"! Blessings to you too,

Elephant's Child said...

Just responding to your comment at my place about Sunday Selections: River (and I) would love you to join us some time.
All you need to do is post photos under the title Sunday Selections, put a link to River on the post - by using the link button when you are preparing the post (highlight the word or phrase you want to link, click on the link icon and follow the instructions), and hopping over to River to tell her you have joined in. And doing so on your Sunday is fine - and spreads the fun.

Musings, Tea, and Me said...

EC, Thanks so much for inviting me! to join you and River for Sunday Selections. I'm not sure about tomorrow's post, but I will definitely give it a try! Cheers,

Susan said...

Vickie, I could give your memoir as a gift (will NOT give up my own copy), so please, put my name into the hat, would you?

Thanks! Susan

Musings, Tea, and Me said...

You betcha, Susan! Thanks for your request! Vickie

River said...

I've only just found you, but already I know I would love to read your memoir, so please include me in the draw.

Musings, Tea, and Me said...

Glad you found me, River! I've put your name in the hat - thanks for visiting.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It sounds like a book I would love to read! Thanks for a chance to win a sweet of you! I hope you have started celebrating your birthday already! Have a fabulous week! Sweet hugs...and please count me in for the book!

Musings, Tea, and Me said...
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Musings, Tea, and Me said...

Hi Lavender Dreamer (that's a great name!). I'm happy to add your name to the hat. Thanks for visiting, -Vickie

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Vickie, I would love to enter for a chance to win your book. I think it is one I would really enjoy to read. Thank you for the opportunity.

Lynn said...

I'm glad I joined your site and I would love to win a copy of your memoir!

BECKY said...

Thanks for reminding me, Vickie! I would LOVE to win a copy of your memoir! Yes, please enter me in the drawing!

Musings, Tea, and Me said...

Becky, Consider yourself entered into the drawing! Thanks, Vickie

Janet said...

Is it too late to get a copy?